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trip286 01-21-2012 06:57 PM

Mitchell's Mausers, American Rifleman latest issue
Glanced through an article that got me all hot and bothered, it appeared in the latest American Rifleman magazine that was just dropped off at my door a few minutes ago...

Apparently, Mitchell's Mausers is looking to spearhead a project to make NEW K98's. They have determined that the supply will never catch up to demand, and are therefor looking at building new ones on modern equipment, to the exact specifications of the originals.

Now I know some people don't really care for Mitchell's Mausers, and some have had some bad experiences with them, the biggest complaint I hear is of people being misled as to the condition of the rifles that they are ordering.

Does anyone else besides me think that this is a great idea, assuming it's executed properly? I for one have been writing letters to Ford Motor Company since 2004 begging them to bring back the 64 1/2 Mustang with modern equipment, but they won't listen to me (you know they still have the blueprints)

I also think that it would be totally awesome to bring back the 1903 Springfield.

These retro trendy products seem to be gaining steam over the past few years, the Liberator pistol has been talked about (if not put into production) as a new build, Ford is throwing more retro styling into their Mustangs (albeit not to my satisfaction, but I think they will one day), Springfield is still making the M1A, they reintroduced the M1 Garand for a short while, Winchester is getting back to their roots to an extent with the new model 70... I even saw a rotary telephone a few days ago...

What do y'all think? Bring back the retro rifles as a new manufacture? Opinions? I think it's a great idea, I want to see more of it. I know there are some repro companies that do pretty good work (Uberti, Pietta) but they seem to be missing a very important time frame I think, seems to be about a 20-40 year window of history that has been completely overlooked.

JonM 01-21-2012 08:03 PM

there are some guns i would love to have in new modern materials. 1903 springfield m1 garand mosin 91-30 to name a couple. but i dont think mitchel mauser with their tendency to scamming people would be one of the ones i would buy.

dragunovsks 01-21-2012 09:45 PM

Yeah i think its great. Unlike certain other older products guns still have a use in the modern world. A k98 and an M1 Garand are both on my list of rifles id like to own, but havent got them yet because of the supply and demand thing. They simply cost too much right now and my budget wont allow it yet I love new guns/designs but im also a history buff so i like the older weapons too.

As far as mitchell's is concerned, ive never done any business with them so i cant speculate on that.

cottontop 01-22-2012 02:00 AM

Browning did some modern remakes of the Winchester Model 12 and Model 42 shotguns a few years ago. I'm not sure if they are still making them though. The ones I have seen are really nice.

Durangokid 01-22-2012 02:29 AM

The Mdl. 70 Winchesters are made by FN. The Winchester 85,86.92,94 etc. are made in Japan. It is strange Browning and Winchesters are made in the most antigun country in the world Japan. Japan gives the antigun movement in the USA more than anyone except George Sorroes. Do I buy guns made in Japan "Hell No". Why would anyone want a copy of a Kahr 98 Mauser? There are still tons of orginal ones for sale. The old ones will increase in value.

TLuker 01-22-2012 04:28 AM

I love the thought of making some of the old guns again, but I don't think it'll work? Replicas are rarely made with the same quality as the originals due to cost. I wouldn't even try to guess what an M1 Garand made as well as the originals would cost? The M1A is pretty expensive as is and it's not made as well as the original. It's close but they still took some short cuts and those short cuts keep it from costing more than it does, which is already a lot.

A K98 made as well as the original would cost considerably more than any production bolt action on the market (the sights alone probably require machining than any of the bolt actions on the market today). I can't imagine many people paying that much for a K98 when they could buy 3 or 4 Savages for the same price. I'm guessing that Mitchell's can't imagine that either and so they'll probably take short cuts as well. Those short cuts will result in an inferior gun just like most of the other replicas. But I hope I'm wrong!

trip286 01-22-2012 04:31 AM

The one in the magazine is 699, made in serbia, and pretty damn sharp.

trip286 01-22-2012 04:34 AM

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therewolf 01-22-2012 11:25 AM

I guess the real question is, can we trust Mitchell's Mausers,

with their spotty reputation, to do a solid, quality, German build

using top grade steel and other materials?

I guess time will tell. This is probably a good time for MM, as a company

to have a serious gut-check, because if these retro-repros are

a flop, it could spell a lot of difficulty for the company's future...

trip286 01-22-2012 03:09 PM

Looking at the article again, it looked like Mitchell's isn't actually building the guns, but have contracted a Serbian maker to do it.

I really need to sure down and read this and give you guys some more info.

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